Yesterday Lola went to the dentist, always an ordeal for dentist and patient alike (Lola, who has a huge dental phobia, has been known to vomit and cry during procedures). One of her baby teeth had broken in half, but the jagged remains remained firmly rooted. Normally I am the dental parent, but the Sober Husband decided to take Lola this time. He was sure that the dentist would airily say, "Oh, everything's fine, just let it come out in its own time." I, on the other hand, was sure that the dentist would remove the rest of the tooth.
Indeed the dentist did want to pull the wretched stump, and it didn't go easily. After a rough beginning to the proceedings wherein Lola cried and the Sober Husband ordered all of the dental personnel out of the room, Lola took some time to compose herself, and the Sober Husband allowed the dentist and his assistant back in. (When I heard this story, I winced and became nervous that our family would get blacklisted from this dental practice. The Sober Husband was quite militant in describing this to me, and I had flashbacks to when we used to go to a particular vet who was afraid of him and would have to visibly brace herself to enter the room if he were with me).
Perhaps understandably the dentist chose to give fragile Lola plenty of nitrous, in addition to numbing gel and a novocaine injection. As Lola described it later, "It was like I wasn't alive, but I wasn't dead." After she was done at the dentist, Lola went to school. She told me later that she was working on a project with one of her best friends, "but I got all giggly. My teeth were shivering and I couldn't stop giggling, and A. didn't know what to do with me, so she had to take me to Ms. B. And she didn't know what to do with me either! So she told me to color or do whatever, and I was giggling and crying at the same time and my teeth were shivering." Eventually Lola returned to normal.
"Well, Lola, that was quite a day you had today," I said, contemplating it all. I imagined that the dentist could have used a few hits of nitrous after getting the wrath of the Sober Husband turned on him.
Just wait till she gets to college and discovers modern pharmacology.
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